By Grace Gavilanes
Updated Jan 02, 2015 @ 6:02 pm
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Below is an excerpt from “Ghost Writer,” which originally appeared on PureWow. Read the full story at

Remember handwriting?

If you're anything like us, you used to take quiet pride in yours---but now can't hold a Bic for more than two minutes without cramping up.

To continue the tradition of artisanal penmanship without, well, having to lift a pen, sign up for Bond, a new service that writes handwritten notes on your behalf and (wait for it) in your handwriting.

Here's how it works: After paying a one-time fee of $200, you'll be sent an intake form. Fill out the form by writing a bunch of sentences in your best and fanciest handwriting and then mail it back. Bond's super-smart robots will then analyze your scrawl and learn to mimic it perfectly--such that even your own mother wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

From then on, anytime you want to send a note, you can type up your message on the Bond website and behold as the robots "write" and mail it for you. (All you'll pay is $3 for the card.)

Not ready to train robots to be your personal scribes? You can also take advantage of Bond's free option. Just choose from a selection of pre-programmed handwriting samples and type out what you want to say.

There's a good chance no one remembers what your real John Hancock looks like anyway.